The first an original 16th century construction...
The second I think built in the 19th century..
But which is better? They both have different aesthetic qualities and i'm sure both do an equally good job of supporting the wall - Absorbing the lateral forces created by the great weight of the huge roof at Waxham. I have pondered this for a good while and am loathed to make up my mind, in fact I don't want to choose between them.
You could say that I'm all ifs and buttresses!